In the wake of the tragic Batang Kali landslide, families of victims and residents living within the area are understandably in somber moods.
And yet, even after a horrific incident such as this, opportunists lurk in every corner, ready to scavenge like vultures.
Such was the case for a local civil servant who was caught stealing a Touch ’n Go card by police, which allegedly belonged to one of the victims.
Selangor acting police chief, Deputy Comm Datuk S. Sasikala Devi (pictured above), stated that the suspect was apprehended in Klang Valley last Friday (6 Dec) according to The Star.
She told reporters at the Ampang Jaya police headquarters on Sunday (8 Dec) that authorities had “also seized items believed to belong to the victim during the arrest.”
As of right now, police are trying to get a remand order for the suspect’s capture.
Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt Suffian Abdullah said that police were able to track the missing Touch n’ Go card in partial thanks to a Facebook post made by one of the victims’ family members.
Two reports regarding the incident were filed to authorities and is currently being investigated under Section 379 of the Malaysian Penal Code.
Additionally, several Chinese media outlets also reported about a family begging to retrieve the missing possessions of their family member who was a teacher caught in the landslide and stressed the retrieval of her mobile phone.
The aforementioned victim, Liu Pei Si, had her Touch n’ Go linked to her husband’s e-wallet account which he noticed had been used to pay tolls since Dec 22 of last year, only days after the tragic landslide occurred.
Her husband, David Ling Mun Siong, was quoted saying “There are many pictures of our family together on the phone. Let us at least have some memories to cling to”.